Blaine for County Executive


| Steven R. Berryman | Chris Cavey | Joe Charlebois | Guest Columnist | Harry M. Covert | Patricia A. Kelly | Jill King | Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh | Tom McLaughlin | Roy Meachum | Zachary Peters | Cindy A. Rose | John W. Ashbury | Richard B. Weldon Jr. | Blaine R. Young |


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Whose Vote Counts?
Joe Charlebois

What is wrong with our voter registration system? Nearly everything. There are dually registered voters and non-citizens who are freely voting in America today. Federal and state laws have made it too easy for those who are ineligible to vote to become registered. Frederick County is now the front line in this battle.

Christians! Muslims Gain!
Roy Meachum

Muslims claim 22.7 billion among their ranks. Sunni and the rest of the Islamist population; we have to call them Shiites. Christians list one billion men, women and children more. Within our lifetimes, Islamists figure to take the lead.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Democratic Executive Candidate Makes Her Case
Guest Columnist

Jan Gardner


I am running for Frederick county executive to fight for the things we love and value in our community. I want Frederick County to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Republican Executive Candidate Makes His Case
Blaine R. Young

The major issues in this race for county executive are taxes, jobs, education, and growth. I would like to explain my vision on each of these issues.

Advantages of Early Voting
Harry M. Covert

Amid the brilliant fall colors Taney Avenue was a busy place, campaign faithful were waving flags, the Senior Center parking lot overflowed and election judges were busy certifying voters.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Disappointment Turning to Joy
Tom McLaughlin

Monado, Indonesia – Back in Kuching, I had searched the Internet for a hotel on the second leg with a beach. I finally found one – or thought I did. The ad on specifically said a beach. We were going gave our son Dzul a place to play in the salt waters and just relax after the stress of traveling.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Asleep at the Wheel
Harry M. Covert

When major news events capture the public attention, it is the time politicians can usually get away with fooling the public and their constituents. Insidious things usually happen and the trusting lambs aren’t any the wiser.

Seen Nothing
Roy Meachum

A week from today, we hold our elections. I’ve “seen nothing” that political judges can “nix,” which directly comes from German “nichts” – nothing.” All during the campaigns, except the run for county executive, I have expected Sturm und Drang.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tyrannical Actions Invading Our Nation
Joe Charlebois

Tyranny is defined as “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.” Most Americans cannot comprehend or would not accept the idea that we could ever live under a tyrannical government. Little do those Americans realize – we already do.

Making of Ben Bradlee
Roy Meachum

Publisher Katherine Graham had a large part. She lured him back to The Washington Post three times, if my reckoning is correct. I was employed a couple of times at 1515 M Street, which was the Post’s old address. Then we were fewer. Thanks to Watergate-generated income, it moved.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Politics Love and Hate
Patricia A. Kelly

What really bothers me about politics is politics. It’s a game, like football, and the objective is to win. It has nothing to do with the people, community needs, the state of the world, the environment, or anything that really matters (except the well-being of the winner and his friends).

Enola Gay, and Inshallah
Harry M. Covert

The sample ballot has arrived. I’ve checked it twice and thrice. Don’t need any campaign material to help me decide, or more instructions as to how to make my voice heard. I might vote early to avoid the rush in two weeks.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ramblings from an Inveterate Curmudgeonly Gadfly Part 2
John W. Ashbury

With the General Election less than two weeks away, it is natural that some questions about some candidates will arise creating even more questions. Here are a few examples.

The Continuing Curious Case of Ali Wallace
Tom McLaughlin

Ternate, Indonesia – As most of you who have been following my commentaries, I have been on a search for Ali, the assistant to Alfred Wallace, the great adventurer who, in 1858, published the Ternate paper.

Yellow Cab
The Morning News Express with Bob Miller
The Covert Letter

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